H.R.4976 - Middle East Peace Process Support Act 106th Congress (1999-2000)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Nadler, Jerrold [D-NY-8] (Introduced 07/26/2000)|
|Committees:||House - International Relations|
|Latest Action:||07/26/2000 Referred to the House Committee on International Relations.|
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[Congressional Bills 106th Congress] [From the U.S. Government Printing Office] [H.R. 4976 Introduced in House (IH)] 106th CONGRESS 2d Session H. R. 4976 To prohibit United States assistance to the Palestinian Authority if a Palestinian state is declared unilaterally, and for other purposes. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES July 26, 2000 Mr. Nadler (for himself, Mr. Reynolds, Mr. Lantos, Mrs. Lowey, Mr. Engel, Mr. Brady of Texas, Mr. Franks of New Jersey, Mr. Weiner, Mr. Tancredo, Mr. Crowley, Ms. Berkley, Mr. Berman, Mr. Sisisky, and Mr. Lazio) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on International Relations _______________________________________________________________________ A BILL To prohibit United States assistance to the Palestinian Authority if a Palestinian state is declared unilaterally, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the ``Middle East Peace Process Support Act''. SEC. 2. FINDINGS. The Congress finds that-- (1) it is only through direct negotiations between the parties that progress toward peace has been and can be achieved in the Middle East; (2) the process that began with the signing of the Oslo accords in 1993 has created an important negotiating framework between Israel and the Palestinians that has produced the promise of an end to the conflict; (3) as part of the Oslo accords, Palestinian Chairman Arafat committed that ``all outstanding issues relating to permanent status will be resolved through negotiations''; (4) the repeated Palestinian threat to declare an independent state unilaterally after September 13, 2000, is contrary to both the spirit and letter of the Oslo accords; (5) the unilateral declaration of an independent Palestinian state will inevitably lead to violence and the end of the negotiating process; (6) the United States agreed to provide assistance to the Palestinians only after the Oslo accords were signed in order to help advance the cause of peace; (7) on March 11, 1999, the Senate overwhelmingly adopted Senate Concurrent Resolution 5, and on March 16, 1999, the House of Representatives adopted House Concurrent Resolution 24, both of which resolved that: ``any attempt to establish Palestinian statehood outside the negotiating process will invoke the strongest Congressional opposition''; and (8) on July 25, 2000, Palestinian Chairman Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Barak issued a joint statement agreeing that the ``two sides understand the importance of avoiding unilateral actions that prejudice the outcome of negotiations and that their differences will be resolved in good-faith negotiations.''. SEC. 3. PROHIBITION ON UNITED STATES ASSISTANCE. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, for the period beginning on the date on which a Palestinian state is unilaterally declared and ending on the date on which such unilateral declaration of Palestinian statehood is rescinded-- (1) United States assistance may not be provided directly or indirectly to the Palestinian Authority or to any successor or related entity; and (2) Federal funds may not be used to extend United States recognition to such a unilaterally-declared Palestinian state, including, but not limited to, funds for the payment of the salary of any ambassador, consul, or other diplomatic personnel to such a state, or for the cost of establishing, operating, or maintaining an embassy, consulate, or other diplomatic facility in such a state. SEC. 4. OPPOSITION TO UNITED NATIONS ADMISSION OR RECOGNITION. The President shall instruct the United States representative to the United Nations to use the voice, vote, and influence of the United States to oppose, in the United Nations Security Council, General Assembly, or any other United Nations body, admission to the United Nations of a unilaterally-declared Palestinian state or formal recognition by the United Nations of such a state. <all>